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HHS Report Confirms What Indiana Malpractice Lawyers Know

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers are well aware of the alarming rate of substandard care at many hospitals. A recent report from the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services confirms just how widespread the problem is.

Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers Win at Trial

The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C.recently won a $585,000 verdict for a client in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
The case involved a patient who suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth which caused permanent impairment in the use of the patient's right arm. The injury occurred when the baby's shoulder became stuck on the mother's pubic bone after delivery of the head, a complication known as shoulder dystocia.
Jerry Garau and Barbara Germano of Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. tried the case for the patient. They argued that the defendant doctor should have delivered the baby before the shoulder dystocia occurred based upon signs from electronic fetal monitoring that the baby was in trouble. They also argued that the doctor erred by pulling too hard on the baby's head after the shoulder became stuck.
The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. can help you with your medical malpractice or personal injury claim. Contact them today.

Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers Know "Defensive Medicine" Is More Myth than Fact

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers frequently hear the argument that the fear of malpractice claims causes doctors to practice "defensive medicine" -- ordering tests and procedures to avoid being sued rather than because they are medically indicated. Health care providers and their insurers argue that defensive medicine drives up the cost of health care. However, the argument has little basis in fact.

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers know malpractice "crisis" is a myth

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers have heard claims of a medical malpractice "crisis" from doctors and their insurance companies. The cries were particularly loud during the recent debate on the health care reform bill. However, the claims of a malpractice crisis are refuted by the facts.

Retained sponges after surgery a frequent source of Indiana medical malpractice

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers often deal with cases where surgeons have failed to remove from the patient sponges or instruments used during the course of surgery. The frequency with which this problem occurs is uncertain. However, an article in the journal Abdominal Surgery suggests that retained sponges may occur once in every 1,000 to 1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries.

Failure to heed fetal monitor strips frequent source of Indiana medical malpractice

Birth injury can be devastating, leaving its victims with serious permanent impairments. Indiana medical malpractice lawyers frequently handle cases where birth injuries could have been prevented if doctors had heeded the warnings provided by fetal monitor strips.

Differential diagnosis and Indiana medical malpractice

The concept of differential diagnosis is often at the heart of Indiana medical malpractice trials. A differential diagnosis is the process used by doctors to determine the cause of a patient's symptoms. The doctor creates a list of the conditions that could be causing the patient's problems, and then pares down the list through a process of elimination until a diagnosis is determined.

Indiana medical malpractice lawyers fight for uninsured patients

The Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Garau Germano Hanley & Pennington, P.C. have filed suit againstClarian Health Partners, claiming that the Indianapolis-based health care giant charges unreasonable rates for services provided to uninsured patients.The class-action lawsuit could change the way medical services are billed by Indiana hospitals and health care facilities.